Asbestos used to be a common building material, which means many buildings contain it.
And generally, you cannot tell whether a material contains asbestos by simply looking at it. As a result, the people who use the building are often completely unaware.
It was popular because of its heat and fire resisting abilities. This means that asbestos was ideal for a variety of purposes, from fireproofing and insulating. But since then, we have discovered the risks asbestos brings.
As a result, any building built before 2000 is at risk of containing asbestos.
Asbestos consisted of thin fibres, which when airborne and breathed in, has the potential to cause damage to lungs and cause cancer.
What To Do If You Have Asbestos
If you think there is asbestos in your home or work, don’t panic.
The only way of truly knowing if it is present, it to have a survey carried out.
A trained professional may be able to tell just by looking, but will also safely take a sample for analysis.
But having asbestos is not generally a problem. If it’s in good condition and no disturbed, then it is generally safe. However, you must continue to treat it with caution.
It only becomes dangerous when the asbestos particles get disturbed. This means you will need to refrain from drilling, sanding or sawing.
The material will only need removing safely if it is in bad condition or will get disturbed by building or remodelling work.
If it’s decided that the asbestos needs removing, then you should leave it to the professionals.
The process of removing any asbestos needs completing with care. As a result, there are certain procedures which need following.
Much of this is to prevent the spreading of the asbestos dust particles throughout your building. This means sealing off the rest of the home or workplace, and performing a thorough clean up upon completion.
The asbestos removed will then need disposing of in a safe manner, using clearly labelled and leak-proof bags. This is because it’s considered hazardous ‘special waste’.
Because of these, you need to ensure you use a licenced contractor to remove any asbestos. You should also receive a consignment note as proof that the waste was dutifully disposed of.
So should you find that you have asbestos, don’t panic.
Get it inspected so you can find out what the right course of action is. But until then, take care to not disturb the area.